Surprisingly, Nigerians who are highly cynical of government constituted committees, this time, welcome the Federal Government’s move to set up a committee to investigate the Dana Air plane crash which took the lives of over 160 people and the country into mourning and rocked the aviation industry.
However, there is a group of Nigerians that frown at the development. The Airline Operators of Nigeria, a key stakeholder in the aviation industry, has kicked against the committee, saying it is uncalled for. The body made its position known today when its chairman, Dr. Steve Mahonwu spoke with journalists.
According to Dr. Mahonwu, the committee would usurp the functions of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which is the department of the Ministry of Aviation responsible for investigating air crashes and submitting reports to the federal government through the ministry.
He said, “The panel is un-procedural, unprofessional, and cannot hold water because the constitution has roles for those who investigate the immediate and remote causes of air accidents under the Ministry of Aviation.”
Furthermore, he said the setting up of any committee amounts to duplication of efforts and is definitely politically motivated.